7 Best Saltwater Fishing Knots and How To Tie Them

This is a lineup of the best saltwater fishing knots with step-by-step guides on how to tie each one. There is a link to an in-depth article and a step-by-step video next to each knot. These are the fishing knots every angler needs to know to create the most reliable fishing rigs that will catch even the toughest fish.

John Collins (RP Knot)

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One of our favorites is the John Collins knot is one of the best saltwater fishing knots we know. This easy yet powerful knot is perfect for a beginner, intermediate, or even expert anglers that want a robust and reliable saltwater fishing knot. Also known as the Royal Polaris Knot or RP knot, you can’t go wrong with this professional fishing knot.

Conveniently, John Collins himself here teaches you how to tie the John Collins knot. In the video, John Collins refers to the knot as the Royal Polaris knot and proceeds to show you how to tie the Royal Polaris knot.  

The John Collins knot is an efficient way to connect monofilament or fluorocarbon to spectra (braid). To tie the John Collins knot, there are eleven essential steps you can find at the link below.

Palomar Knot

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The Palomar is considered the single best fishing knot an angler can know. The Palomar is an extremely versatile knot that can be used for just about anything. It is used to tie a fishing line to a lure, swivel, or snap.

This knot is secure and holds up to all kinds of abuse. It is a simple knot to tie, but it retains 100% of the original line’s strength and is almost impossible to unravel once it is properly fastened. If you are looking for a sturdy fishing knot that won’t break on you, the Palomar is one of your best options.  

FG Knot

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The FG knot is one of the most durable and most reliable fishing knots. The FG knot is a must-have if you are into sport fishing or are interested in getting into sport fishing in the future. It is considered one of the best and most reliable sport fishing knots in the game.  

Although it doesn’t need to be used for just sport fishing, it is a reliable, very secure fishing knot used with mono, fluorocarbon, or braided fishing line. Even though it is one of the best competitive fishing knots, with practice, it is a quick and effortless knot to tie. It will be of massive help if you are competing with other saltwater anglers.

Uni Knot and Double Uni Knot

Double Uni Knot
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The Uni knot is one of the strongest and easiest knots to tie. A reliable fishing knot for beginners and professional anglers. Going by other names like the Duncan loop knot and Grinner knot, the Uni knot is ideal for connecting microfilaments with terminal tackle.

The double Uni knot is just an improved version by applying two opposing uni knots. It is one of the best fishing knots for saltwater fishing.  

Improved Clinch Knot

Improved Clinch Knot
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The improved clinch knot is a dangerously efficient saltwater fishing knot that you don’t want to miss. It is based on the earlier clinch knot, but it is now used more often than it’s the previous original version. The improved clinch knot is super easy to tie and is more reliable than its original version.

This saltwater knot is used by anglers to tie the terminal tackle to a monofilament line. It can also be used to attach a line to a swivel, clip, or artificial line. The clinch knot improves the connection between a terminal tackle and a monofilament line. This knot is a useful trick in any angler’s belt.

The Davy Knot

Davy Knot
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The Davy knot is a fantastic knot every angler could benefit from knowing. It is a professional and straightforward fishing knot attributed to the professional fly fisher Davy Wotton. This is a quick and relatively easy saltwater fishing knot to tie and use, allowing you to focus on catching fish. 

The Davy knot is a compact and useful fishing knot that is ideal for small flies. This knot is competitive, reliable, and, fortunately, can be tied in three steps, which you can follow on the below links.

Albright Knot

Albright Knot
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The Albright knot is a classic saltwater knot among anglers. It is used to tie two different fishing lines together, which may be of different materials and diameters. Also known as the Albright Special knot, this saltwater fishing knot can be handy and is overall a great knot.

There are several ways an angler can choose to tie this knot resulting in several slightly differing names, such as the Improved Albright, Double Albright, and Reverse Albright. Click the link below this video to get a comprehensive look at the Albright knot and its uses.=

Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing enthusiast. He has over 25 years of fishing experience, and 6 years of spearfishing experience, and is currently learning how to boat. Jon has his Open Water PADI Certification and FII Freediver Level 1 Certification. Jon has traveled the world to fish and dive, most notably in the Great Barrier Reef, Baja Mexico, Thailand, and Malaysia. More Articles
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